Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull

Region: Edmonton AB
Generation: Sansei
Born 1973, Regina, Saskatchewan


Jared is an Edmonton-based director, dramaturg, actor, educator and playwright who has focused much of his artistic work on Theatre for Young People. His acting work has been seen on stages across Western Canada in such productions as Mitch Miyagawa’s The Plum Tree, and Marty Chan’s Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl.

Jared’s playwriting credits include Paper Song, Near Diamond, and The Story of the Little Bird. His collaborations include Penelope vs. The Aliens! (co-written with Chris Bullough), and the Award winning Lig & Bittle (co-written with Elyne Quan). His short play Harusame, the Little Bird, is included as part of Concrete Theatre’s Sprouts Anthology (Playwrights Canada Press).

A former Artistic Co-Director of Edmonton’s Concrete Theatre, Jared is currently the Executive Director of the Alberta Workers’ Health Centre, which (in addition to other programming) produces professional theatre focused on empowering young people on their workplace rights. Jared has his BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta, and lives in Edmonton with his wife Isabelle and his two excellent kids Claire and Felix.

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